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Tyler Perry Transforms: From Madea To Family Man

Best known for being the man behind Madea, Perry is now starring in the action thriller Alex Cross. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that his Madea character is a cross between his mom, his aunt and Eddie Murphy.


Melissa Leo: Playing Alice Ward In 'The Fighter'

Melissa Leo isn't that much older than actors Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. But the acclaimed character actress plays their mother in David O. Russell's boxing drama The Fighter. She discusses her role, which has earned her an Academy Award nomination.


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